We are tempted to call it the big adVANture having spent nearly 2 years planning then selecting the right 4x4 camper van.
Everyone has their own ideas about what ‘must haves’ and what tribe you should join ie. Land Rover -v- Land Cruiser -v- Jeep -v- Pick-up truck etc.
Fly & buy in the USA was one option as this would save us shipping & tax but after two Caravan Salon shows in Düsseldorf Germany we managed to narrow the choice down to a Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 camper van conversion by off-road experts CS Reisemobile.
A big thank you to other CS Independent owners who are already miles ahead of us off-roading in Asia & Africa & Americas for sharing their overland hints & tips and giving us lots of sound advice before we set off. There is no such thing as the perfect off-roader as everyone’s overlanding experience is different which is why we’re heading into the great outdoors believing our Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 s the right choice - time will prove if it is a wise decision.
The Great Outdoors
We were self-employed working in TV broadcasting for over 30 years years so it was a challenge to cut loose those ties and realise our dream to one day be more self-sufficient and explore as much as we can of our world together whilst still upright!
We had already visited 32 counties on business or regular holidays, however, there are many good reasons for wanting to start a really long overland trip and these include seeking a better quality of life, to live more simply, be continually challenged and also reinvent yourself visiting different countries & cultures you’d only ever seen on TV before - places like Alaska + Patagonia etc.
We are starting with a full circuit around Europe & Scandinavia before shipping by RORO to Nova Scotia Canada and heading to the arctic circle in Alaska then turning south to explore the great National Parks of the USA. The ultimate aim will be to head on down the 30,000 mile Pan American Highway all the way to Ushuaia Patagonia. We do not, however, have a set route as the road ahead should be one of "continual adventure" with no ticking clock and fortunately in today’s internet age we already have many online friends to help us along the way. Bottom line is we like the crazy adventure of it all by choosing to live in a tiny mobile home where every day is a different experience. This overland journey is our way to “live a life less ordinary”.